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Increase in waist circumference over 6 years predicts subsequent cardiovascular disease and total mortality in nordic women.

Journal article
Authors Sofia Klingberg
Kirsten Mehlig
Anne Lanfer
Cecilia Björkelund
Berit L Heitmann
Lauren Lissner
Published in Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)
Volume 23
Issue 10
Pages 2123-30
ISSN 1930-739X
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit
Pages 2123-30
Language en
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


Despite solid evidence of an association between centralized body fatness and subsequent disease risk, little is known about the consequences of changes in body fat distribution. Recently it was shown that large hip circumference (HC), measured once, was protective against total and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in women but that gain or loss in HC was unrelated to these outcomes. This study examines whether a 6-year change in waist circumference (WC) predicts mortality and CVD in the same study sample.

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